eatmybeat release their 3rd ‘Bonus Snacks’ compilation with all proceeds going to charity

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The London based imprint enlist the help of some heavyweights, all for a good cause

It’s been a year since ‘Bonus Snacks Vol 2’ and eatmybeat are back with the next instalment of huge, tasty tracks. This time there’s more behind the release than pushing good music, with 100% of the money spent on the release going to West London charity, City Harvest.

As ever with the eatmybeat compilation series, there’s a combination of established producers and artists who are on the rise, with this years heavyweights including Bromley, KXVU, 9TRANE and Cloaka.

The music policy is also in keeping with eatmybeat’s traditions; its eclectic, UK underground music, though not all the artists are from or based in the UK; mainland Europe and New Zealand also get appearances. Whilst there’s tracks that hint at techier influences and outright grime bangers on the release, it’s all glued together by a common appreciation for bass heavy music.

You can stream eatmybeat’s ‘Bonus Snacks Vol 3’ below and either download it for free or for a ‘name your price’ donation towards City Harvest here.

City Havest is a charity based in West London who focus their efforts on redistributing excess food from supermarkets and farms to the homeless, hungry, and needy. 

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Premiere: Ozwald – Attention Seeker [Forthcoming Resonate Sounds]

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Resonate Sounds’ 4th release is a slick 2 tracker from Ozwald

After heavy support on their past releases from Priceless, Sammy Virji and Resonate resident High Class Filter, the London based collective-turned record label are back with fresh music from Ozwald.

After his massive standout release, ‘Raspberry Flutes’, on RKS Dubz, Ozwald’s latest EP consists of 2 melodic yet bass heavy UKG bangers. ‘Burgundy Methods’ is a brass inspired rinseout as the rasping bassline marches up and down bulky drums and bright flashes of organ intersperse. ‘Attention Seeker’ is an energetic 2 stepper based around a very chunky kick and a simple but effective bass riff. These act as a foundation for vibrant stabs, shuffling percussion and a bubbly arpeggiated lead sweet enough to give you tooth ache.

We’re premiering the brilliant title track on our Soundcloud which you can stream down below. You can pre-order Ozwald’s ‘Attention Seeker’ EP, out on Resonate Sounds 2/2/18, here.

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Tigs – Don’t Get Rude EP [Raw Tactics Records] [Review]

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Raw Tactics’ label boss Tigs is back with 3 clever, dancefloor ready cuts inspired by all things underground UK Bass music

Don’t Get Rude

Tigs kicks off his latest EP channeling the best bits of both Grime and UKG. As a call-and -response motif filters it’s way in over bulky stop-start drums, a sample of a particularly upset MC from an archive recording sets the tone for the track; moody and aggressive. ‘Don’t Get Rude’ then drops, with a bass sound that wouldn’t be out of place on a classic grime instrumental, still following the tune from the intro. The way the bassline works with the drums actually leaves plenty of space for MCs on the radio or in the dance.

Best Not Miss

Let it be known – when Tigs first sent us ‘Best Not Miss’ to premiere, it got wheeled. Not once, not twice, but 3 times.  It’s not the heaviest of tracks by any means but it’s sick; anyone who has liked TC4 or Wölfe’s recent output should be all over this. Staccato strings and tense atmospheric pulses combine over UK Funky inspired drums, building more and more suspense until a G-Funk style lead rings out and things go a bit mad. As in the previous track, the bassline follows a similar pattern as already played in the intro, switching between a grimey square wave and a more crunchy, metallic sound. The way the drums flow around the bassline is brilliant and they sound great too. The dark flourishes of strings are a sick little detail, as are the airhorns blasting away in the background. There is absolutely no way you cannot skank to ‘Best Not Miss – at the very least, you’ll find yourself nodding along without even realising. Banger.

Voodoo

‘Voodoo’ is the most sinister track on the EP, coming with a more tribal vibe from the off. Haunting vocals float in the background as brooding riffs build things up over a massive kick and echoing shakers. The tension rises before a sudden pause, then drops into a gully, mid range bass assault that takes it’s cues from the kick drum. The drums themselves are spacious, but still carry a Funky groove with the hats and shakers providing most of the momentum and reverb drenched cymbals adding to the atmospherics. The bass changes up on drop number 2 to a thicker, less resonant sound, giving good cause for a second reaction.

Selecta’s Favourite Track: Best Not Miss

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Tigs but he’s clearly been working hard on developing his sound and working all of his influences in to his music. One of the best things about UK Funky right now is all the forms it’s taking through the sheer amount of styles that bleed through into it. The Funky tracks on the ‘Don’t Get Rude’ EP are a prime example of how those styles work together without any compromise. With a solid UKG tune and 2 Funky tunes that are crying out for a reload every time they get played, Tigs has provided DJs with a bitesize armoury capable of shutting down any rave. 

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Premiere: Zemon – Hungry Riddim [Forthcoming In:Flux Audio]

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Zemon serves up 3 original bangers accompanied by a tasty remix from 10sion

After a couple of recent releases on In:Flux (White Label 005 and their 2017 Selection Box compilation), the label have taken on their first EP from the Berlin based UKG and Bass producer. Whilst our opening line for this post was awful, these food related tracks are sick!

‘Peas and Potatoes’ is a gritty 2step track with the bass line swapping between a chunky warp and more brass inspired sound over stop-start drums and interspersed chord flutters. ‘Simmer Skank’ is a rigid 4×4 dancefloor pounder; think old school bassline with a twist of Zemon’s signature sound. We’re particularly fond of the eerie offbeat stabs on this one. 10sion’s remix of the ‘Peas and Potatoes’ flips the original into dark UK Funky x Bassline style stepper – the drums aren’t quite flowing enough for it to be out and out Funky but the vibe is there for sure and we’re highly rating it.

In:Flux have been kind enough to let us premiere the second track on the release, ‘Hungry Riddim’. Also taking on the form of 2step, ‘Hungry Riddim’ is instant wheel up material – gully metallic basses play call-and-respond with an alien sounding lead, rolling over the shuffling drums in a way that you cannot help skank to. It’s a certified banger.

You can hear the premiere of ‘Hungry Riddim’ below; it’s out on Zemon’s ‘Bosh! Dinner’ EP on 29/1/18 via In:Flux Audio.

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Premiere: Spectrum – Resonate [Forthcoming Articulate Records]

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Articulate Records release their first official single as FHD & Hutchison combine as Spectrum

No strangers to the Bass scene, FHD & Hutchison have been collaborating with each other for a while but are finally joining up officially as Spectrum. Their latest release, ‘Resonate’ is due out this Friday and we’ve been lucky enough to be given the Premiere.

Articulate Records have good pedigree with releases from Daze Prism and Doc Zee gaining heavy support, and as they now look to put out singles between their EP releases we expect them to gain even more attention.

‘Spectrum’ is dark and absurdly heavy, with a backbone made of giant kicks, massive low pitched snares and rasping neuro basses. There’s plenty of space for the remaining percussion to be doused in reverb and the contrasting pad works brilliantly, sumptuously floating above the havoc below it. A 4×4 switch on the second drop raises the energy levels at no expense of production standard, with ‘Resonate’ constantly putting us in mind of Noisia.

If both Spectrum and Articulate each have more releases like this lined up, we cant wait to hear them. Listen to our premiere of Spectrum – ‘Resonate’ below. It’s out on 26/1/18.

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Premiere: Tigs – Best Not Miss [Forthcoming Raw Tactics]

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UK born, Melbourne based producer Tigs is going in hard on his first release of the year

Tigs is back and is bringing his versatile, eclectic brand of UK Bass music with him on his next EP, ‘Don’t Get Rude’. The 3 track release is coming out on his own label, Raw Tactics, on Jan 26th and it’s not one to be overlooked.

Raw Tactics have given us the massive ‘Best Not Miss’ to us to premiere – it’s a skippy tune with drums that border on UK Funky, punctuated by sinister, staccato strings and riding a chunky, rolling bassline. We fully back the g-funk inspired synth too!

The rest of the EP is just as large – title track ‘Don’t Get Rude’ is a dark yet bouncy 2 step garage affair with grimey, call-and-response style basslines and ‘Voodoo’ is a tribal infused Grime/UKG hybrid; sparse but weighty drums and a metallic bass drive the track which is haunted by eerie bells and drawn out vocals in the background.

Tigs – ‘Don’t Get Rude’ is out on Raw Tactics on January 26th. Listen to our premiere of ‘Best Not Miss’ below:

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Break The Religion and mAngo team up for 1Forty’s first single of 2018

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The Leeds based imprint are signalling their intentions for this year from the very beginning

After an incredibly successful 2017, 1Forty seem keen to keep up their momentum by launching straight into their 2018 release schedule with their next single; a collaboration from Bristol producers Break The Religion and mAngo.

‘Fear’ is a 4×4 track anchored by a pounding kick drum backed by expansive percussion – the use of space and reverb from the young producers is particularly intelligent. There’s hints of UK Funky, Breaks and we can’t help but get an almost nostalgic, 90s rave vibe from the hypnotic lead sounds; there’s plenty of modern influence too, particularly on the second drop where a metallic bass cuts across the mix.

Though it’s not your typical out and out Bass track, ‘Fear’ is definitely one for the dance and it’s sick to see a label such as 1Forty allow 2 up and coming, talented producers explore further than the generic, cookie cutter sounds we so commonly hear – tracks with genuine groove and thought beyond an impactful 1st drop are very much needed as far as we’re concerned

 Break The Religion & mAngo – ‘Fear’ is out on January 16th and you can preview the track in full below:

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